Thanks to Hollywood, most Americans have seen a few frontier firearms.
In the movie “Unforgiven,” Clint Eastwood’s character wielded a 10-gauge, double barrel shotgun as he tracked down the town bully, Little Bill.
James Arness, as Sheriff Matt Dillon on “Gunsmoke,” holstered a Colt .45 as he brought bad guys to justice.
John Wayne’s Davey Crockett blasted away with a Kentucky Flintlock as he tried to defend the Alamo.
Now, at the Alamo, an exhibit with more than four dozen weapons, tells the story of frontier firearms. It shows how they evolved from single-shot Flintlocks in 1836 at the siege of the Alamo, to modern weapons just 40 years later.